To most, the FFA seems like a very obscure concept. Usually thoughts of the FFA are constructed on the framework of Future Farmers of America, associating it with farmers' kids, tending fields and raising cattle.

Although these things can be true, it has become far more than that. In 1988, FFA dropped the name "Future Farmers of America" and changed to the National FFA Organization.

Now, it is open to any and everybody, with no exclusions. Every part of agriculture is included, from horticulture to agribusiness and from biotechnology to production farming.

The FFA provides an opportunity to learn skills that are universal and applicable no matter where you go in life, even if it's far outside of agriculture's encompassment.

Through FFA, individuals are presented the chance to pursue great leadership qualities, develop personally and learn skills for future careers.

One can assimilate how to address a crowd and captivate audiences, or how to proficiently show an animal in front of a judge. It can teach the hard work it takes to become an entrepreneur or how to nurture a garden in the most extreme of environments.

There are no limits to where FFA can take, who you'll meet, or what you will experience along the way. You may not see yourself as one who should wear the blue corduroy jacket, but look beyond such preconceptions.

The FFA isn't just cows and plows, it's leaders and achievers, learners and servers and teams with dreams. Wherever you're going in life, FFA can assist you along the way.